On October 4 to October 7 — the start of Family History Month — we are hosting our fourth annual "Source-a-Thon". This three-day event is for a good cause (sourced genealogy!) and there will be over $3,500 in door prizes donated from around the genealogy community. It will be lots of fun.
This is our fourth annual 72-hour sourcing marathon. The previous three Source-a-Thons have been great fun and very productive. In 2016 we added sources to over 22,000 profiles. In 2017 we added sources to over 53,000 profiles. In 2018 we sourced over 72,000! Join us this year to beat that record!
The goal of the event is to clear out the Unsourced Profiles category on WikiTree. Although including sources is in our community's Honor Code, inexperienced genealogists don't always record them. Sometimes the source is "Aunt Mabel." This doesn't mean the information isn't worth preserving or sharing. It's a starting point — information waiting to be confirmed.
Like a marathon, this is a competition, but most participants won't be serious competitors. Most of us will be doing it for the challenge of sourcing as many profiles as they can, for the mission, and for the fun of it.
We will be hosting live video chats throughout the weekend to cheer each other on. During every chat we will draw a winner for a door prize. Every participant who is online and adding sources during that time will be eligible.
All the details are below. This event has ended. Make sure to watch the G2G for our next Thon, in 2022!!
The party starts Friday morning, October 4, at 8 AM (ET) and runs until Monday, October 7, at 8 AM (ET). (Eastern Daylight Time is GMT -4.) Genealogists from all over the world will be participating at the same time.
Click here to register now. The registration cut-off is Wednesday, October 2, at 11:59 pm, ET.
Registration is now closed.
|Source-a-Thon "Race Bib"|
You need to register in advance. You'll be given the Source-a-Thon badge and assigned a race number. We'll use that number to draw the random winners for the many door prizes.
Registration is free. Like everything on WikiTree.
Who can register?
If you're a genealogist who knows what sources are and why they're important please join us!
To register you do need to be a WikiTree member who has signed the Honor Code.
If you're not already a member, login now. There are a few steps involved to being a Wiki Genealogist, but it's all just about verifying that you understand what WikiTree is about and aren't just in it to get free stuff.
How to register
To register simply post an answer here: register.
Just say "Sign me up!" or whatever and include a few words about your location or genealogical interests. A WikiTree Leader will award the badge and give you a race number. If you're already part of a team from a previous challenge, mention that.
For more help with registration, see the Source-a-Thon Tutorial, and if you have any trouble or questions, contact Eowyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone who participates in the Source-a-Thon will be on a team.
Teams are just groups of people working together and encouraging each other. Many teams are having fun with this and will be sourcing profiles in the same area, cheering each other on, and otherwise helping each other.
Joining a Team
Any participant can join any existing team. All teams welcome any members who are interested.
Current teams are listed here. When you register you can state in your answer what team you'd like to join. Anyone not on a specific team when registration closes will be assigned to one before the Source-a-Thon begins.
- Utah Pioneers. Captain: Nathan Ariotti
- Tartan Pride. Captain: Rebecca Laird
- Team Wizards of Aus. Captain: Kathleen Cobroft
- Flying Dutchmen-Vliegende Hollanders. Captain: Bea Wijma and Astrid Spaargaren
- Germany Genies. Captain: Jelena Eckstädt
- Kiwi Crew (New Zealand). Captain: Robynne Lozier.
- Mighty Maple Leaves (Canada). Captain: Christine Daniels.
- Sandringham Strollers (England). Captains: Gillian Thomas and Janet Wild
- Spic-N-Span Scandinavians. Captains: Juha Soini
- Suid Afrika Team Springbokke,Captain: Ronel Olivier.
- Windsor Warriors (England). Captains: Susie MacLeod and Wendy Sullivan .
- Bama Bushwackers Alabama. Captain: Topher Sims.
- Cornbread Catchers, (Southern USA, formerly Southern Sourcers). Captains: Sarah Rojas and Debi Hoag
- Great Lakes Team (Great Lakes area). Captain: Timothy Bittner.
- Gulf Coast Hurricanes. Co-captains: Joyce Rivette and Steff Mandarino.
- Team Massachusetts Captain: Robert Keniston.
- Team Missouri (Missouri and surrounding states), Captain: Lori Zukerman.
- Team Mid-Atlantic US, (New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey). Captain: Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz.
- The Nor'easters (New England and the Canadian Maritimes). Captain: Steven Tibbetts.
- Southern Super Sweepers. Captains: Loretta Corbin, Dorothy Barry and Laura Bozzay.
- Southwest Sunshiners (covering Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, & Nevada). Captain: Russ Gunther
- Team Tennessee Volunteers, Captains: Linda Barnett and Martha Garrett
- Team VIrginia (covering Virginia, West Virginia & Kentucky ) Captains: Mindy Silva and William Foster
- Western Red Cedars (covering Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon and Idaho). Captain: Azure Robinson
- Legacy Heirs. Captain: Lisa Murphy
- Musty Dusty (pre-1500s). Captain: Marty Acks.
- Team Roses. Captain: Emma MacBeath.
- Tree Nuts. Captains: Eowyn Langholf and Julie Ricketts
Organizing a Team
Would you like to put together a team? Anyone can.
Teams can be organized around anything. It might be a genealogical research interest or a source you like to use. Or a team can be local. We have participants from all over the world. Coordinating with others from your area can be fun.
You might associate a team with a WikiTree project, such as the US Southern Colonies. Or it could be something completely unrelated to family history, like Mac Users.
Feel free to choose a fun team name. Create a free-space page for your team.
E-mail email@example.com once this is done so she can add you to the list.
You're encouraged to recruit for your team. You might review the G2G posts where members have registered to see if anyone mentioned an interest or locality that might fit your team. You could reach out to project e-mail lists or even outside genealogical groups that fit the team's topic. Posting on Facebook would be great. (Tag it @WikiTreers.) Any outreach you do will be helping raise awareness about the Source-a-Thon so it's much appreciated. We do ask that you do not start recruitment posts in G2G separate from the main registration threads. That has led to a lot of confusion in the past.
Team leadership during the Source-a-Thon
Free-space pages are for team coordination, e.g. to list potential sources in their research area and coordinate who will be searching for what, as well as where Aleš will include tables of unsourced profiles specific to your team (if possible).
Teams also have "cheer" posts in the G2G where your team members can encourage and cheer each other on.
Team members may be able to help each other claim prizes. The way we're doing these drawings, every participant has a good chance to win, but you have to be online when your number is drawn. Team members might want to watch for each other's numbers.
During our periodic video chats during the Source-a-Thon we will be talking about how the teams are doing.
There will be bragging rights for the most productive teams!
Over $3,500 in genealogy door prizes will be given away!
Winners will be drawn at random in live Hangouts that we will be hosting every few hours during the weekend. See Source-a-Thon Hangouts for the scheduled times. Note that you don't need to videochat to participate, you can just watch and post comments if you like.
To be eligible to win you need to:
- register in advance, so you have a race number, and
- be online during the drawing and actively participating by adding sources to Unsourced Profiles (see below).
We know that many participants won't be online when their number is drawn. The Source-a-Thon is running 24-hours a day for 72 hours straight. If you're online for 72 hours we'll be worried about you!
If you're not present when you're number is drawn, you'll have until the next Google Hangout starts to claim your prize. Winners will be posted at the top of this G2G message.
If your number is drawn you get to pick from available prizes. You make your selection by posting a reply on the above G2G thread.
If you don't claim your prize before the next drawing, your number will go back in the hat.
After someone wins and claims a prize, their number will come out of the hat. In other words, you can't win more than one prize.
With so many prizes, the odds of winning are good. And the more active you are in the Source-a-Thon, the better your odds become.
Here's the current list of door prizes. This list is growing every day!
- Three (3) semi-annual World Explorer individual memberships to Ancestry
- One annual Fold3.com subscription
- One annual Newspapers.com subscription
- Three (3) MyHeritage membership subscriptions
- One-year DNAGedcom/Genetic Family Gold subscription
- One year access to 1000+ webinars at http://www.familytreewebinars.com/
- One AncestryDNA kit
- Three (3) MyHeritageDNA kits
Courses and Conferences
- Three-day RootsTech pass
- Weekend pass with unlimited lectures for The Genealogy Show
- $40 Gift Certificate courtesy of Family ChartMasters
- $50 (Canadian dollars) Gift Card to Shop the Hound
- RootsMagic software
- Legacy Family Tree software
- One-hour consultation with Grandma's Genes ($100)
- 45-minute consultation with a genetic genealogist, courtesy of Legacy Tree Genealogists
- One-hour consultation with Kitty Cooper ($90)
- £100 voucher for UK research courtesy of Family Wise, Limited
- DNA Double Helix Pin (winner can choose color -$11.95) and DNA Pop Socket ($14.95), courtesy of Ellen Thompson-Jennings and Shop the Hound
- Crocheted hats (2) (Natalie Trott)
- Digital scrapbook page (Robynne Lozier)
- AncestryDNA test (Edie Kohutek)
- Gemstone jewelry (Cindy Cooper)
- AncestryDNA test (Chris Whitten)
- LivingDNA test (Chris Whitten)
- Custom cut vinyl decal (3) (Steven Harris)
- "Keep Calm and Source On" t-shirt (Greg Slade)
Donate a Prize
All prizes are being donated by individuals and organizations in the genealogy community.
Will you donate a prize? It can be anything that would be fun or valuable to genealogists, as long as it as a $50+ face value. If it's a physical object you need to be willing to ship it to the winner, who could be anywhere in the world.
E-mail Eowyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or post here.
Participation: Adding Sources and Counting Sourced Profiles
Participating means removing profiles from the Unsourced Profiles category. They cannot be new profiles that you create.
Select an Open (white) profile from anywhere in the category or one of its subcategories and search for sources to back up the facts of the person's life.
Valid sources include census records, BMD records/index references, military documents, land documents, wills, etc. A source cannot be another user-generated family tree, such as Geni or an Ancestry Member Tree.
|If you find a valid source:
Visit the Source-a-Thon Instruction Video
for a step-by-step walkthrough of these instructions.
If you don't find a source after searching, please add a Research Notes section to the profile. Say where you have looked and sign your comment with four tildes (~~~~) so it is dated. For example: "Looked for John in the US Census records for 1900-1940 and couldn't find him on FamilySearch or Ancestry." This way the next researcher knows where to start.
For more details:
- Do you know how to participate in the Source-a-Thon? Challenge Tracker makes it easy.
- What profiles count as "unsourced" for the Source-a-Thon?
Alternatively, see the Source-a-Thon Tutorial.
Every registered participant will get a Source-a-Thon badge.
The 10 participants who remove the most profiles from the Unsourced categories over the 72-hour period will get a Source-a-Thon Winner badge, as will all the participants of the winning team (both by team total and by team average). There are no prizes for winning — just the badge, bragging rights, and the community's appreciation.
There will also be a Profile Sticker that you can put on your profile after the race is over to show your race number, number of sourced profiles, and final ranking.
Official Rules, Terms and Conditions
In addition to WikiTree's main Terms of Service:
No purchase is necessary for the prizes. Void where prohibited.
Prize donors are independent and not officially affiliated with WikiTree. Prize winners will be put into contact with prize donors for delivery. WikiTree is not responsible for prizes that are not delivered or otherwise unsatisfactory.
WikiTree is not responsible for technical outages or problems that may prevent an individual from participating or claiming a prize.
By participating, you agree to release and hold WikiTree harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with or resulting from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize.
By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of WikiTree and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the rules. All decisions regarding the Source-a-Thon, including, but not limited to, selecting winners, will be made by WikiTree whose decisions shall be final.
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